Introducing GLAMRmatch – A Co-Lab Initiative

Based on the principles of reciprocity and knowledge-sharing, the WA chapters of ALIA Students and New Graduates Group,
Australian Society of Archivists, and Curtin University Information Studies Group (CURTIS) are piloting a one-on-one networking experience.

Are you:
● An established GLAMR practitioner?
● A GLAMR student, recent graduate, early career professionals, or practitioner that is
considering changing career streams?

And, are you willing to share your knowledge about your workplace, professional experiences,
or education and/or interested in learning about the workplace practices of another GLAMR
Our aim is to create a connection between two people, one that provides an opportunity for both
to learn a little bit about the other person’s current work or recent studies.
The concept is simple:
● 1 hour meet-up with no ongoing commitment for either party
● Established practitioners to provide a guided tour of their GLAMR facility
● Visiting GLAMR student/professionals to share recent learnings, motivations or sectoral

Express your interest in taking part in the pilot now by filling out the below survey:

if you have any questions, please contact:

Many thanks,
Havva Teede, on behalf of the ALIA Students and New Graduates Group.


Love Twitter-ing? Call out for ALIA SNGG Social Media Coordinators for Twitter

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is looking for people to join our social media team as Social Media Coordinators for twitter!

  • Are you enthusiastic and passionate about our profession?
  • Are you looking for a way to contribute to the GLAMR community?
  • Do you want to meet new people and strengthen your professional network?

Then becoming an ALIA Social Media Coordinator is right up your alley!

The ALIA Student and New Graduates Group supports and connects students and new information management professionals. We aim to foster a supportive community that promotes the interests of the people who are the future of our industry.

The ALIA SNGG Social Media Team plays a crucial role in reaching out and communicating with our network of students and new graduates. The team supports, advocates and administrates ALIA SNGG activity through our social media channels and reports this activity to the ALIA SNGG Committee and the wider member base.

As an ALIA SNGG Social Media Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to:

  • become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • Promote and facilitate a wide range of social and professional events;
  • establish and expand your professional network by liaising with the professional community

Plus, you can add the role to your resume/CV and demonstrate your active engagement in the profession!

Note: This is a volunteer role, and you need to be an ALIA member to be a Coordinator. Grab a discounted student rate.

For more information about the role see the position description

If you are interested in applying, please send an email to

Closing date: Monday, 11 December 2017.

We look forward to getting an email from you!



Call out for ALIA SNGG Regional Coordinators in Victoria and Australian Capital Territory

We Need You VIC and ACT

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group is looking for people to join our group as Regional Coordinators in Victoria and Australian Capital Territory.

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about our profession? Are you looking for a way to contribute to the GLAMR community? Do you want to meet new people and strengthen your professional network? Then becoming an ALIA Regional Coordinator is right up your alley!

As an ALIA SNGG Regional Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to:

  • become part of a national group that is passionate about assisting new information professionals in their careers;
  • organise and facilitate a wide range of social and professional events;
  • establish and expand your professional network by liaising with the professional community.

Plus, you can add the role to your resume/ CV and demonstrate your active engagement in the profession!

Note: This is a volunteer role, and you need to be an ALIA member to be a Coordinator. Grab a discounted student rate!

For more information about the role see the position description.

If you are interested in applying please send an email to

We look forward to getting an email from you!

Closing date: Friday 17 November.


GLAMR Professional Profile – Sarah Howard

Sarah is a Liaison Librarian at QUT with the Faculty of Health and is currently leading a project investigating how virtual reality can be incorporated into the library. ALIA New Grads sat down to chat with Sarah about the project.


The integration of virtual reality (VR) into our everyday lives has long been imagined in sci-fi and pop culture but with advances in technology this is becoming, well, a reality. The release of low cost VR equipment such as Google’s cardboard headset and with VR apps available on Android and iPhone the technology is already at our fingertips. It’s also steadily making its way into libraries. In California Facebook’s Oculus partnered with California State Libraries to make 100 sets of Rift headsets, touch controllers and computers available in 90 libraries. While there hasn’t been the same support from technology companies in Australia a couple of academic libraries are investigating ways to make VR accessible to their users. The University of Adelaide Library undertook a two phase project to determine how they might best use and include VR technology in their collection and at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Library Sarah Howard is leading a project in partnership with ProQuest that has similar aims.

As a liaison librarian for the Faculty of Health virtual reality doesn’t specifically fall within Sarah’s position description which includes a mix of “research, teaching and learning and also information resources”. To make her passion for VR part of her day job Sarah undertook an independent research project to explore how the library could source and provide VR content and equipment to users as part of QUT Library’s Off the Grid program. During this program Sarah was able to dedicate 30 hours of her work time to investigating the idea. Sarah’s findings turned the head of the then director of the library, Sue Hutley, who set up a partnership withProQuest to develop the project further. Through this partnership Sarah and the team are aiming to investigate the kinds of virtual reality content library users want and the platforms that would be needed to house and distribute the content. As Sarah explained, “With ProQuest we’re trying to find out whatthe need is, not just for students or library staff but academics and then giving that information back to ProQuest to try and get them to help us source some actual virtual reality tools”. To do this Sarah is asking faculties, “if you had VR content how would you use it or what would you want from it?” She says the Creative Industries, Science and Engineering and Health Faculties have already created VR content, but further support is needed to provide them with a place to store content and overcome compatibility and bandwidth issues.

The library has also purchased VR equipment including a Playstation headset, Oculus rift headset and an Alienware laptop. Some of this equipment was put to the test at QUT’s Robotronica event, an all ages one-day event during National Science Week that showcased QUT’s work in the robotics field. Sarah set up a computer on wheels and a Playstation VR headset with the game The Luge from PlayStation’s VR Worlds series. The computer screen meant that people could watc21041211_262476150908688_1221909120446103552_n(1)h the action while others were playing. Over 100 people came and tried the technology, “Every single person that came through loved it and there were some people who I would have presumed would have [experienced] virtual reality before, but every person that came child, adult, I’d say have you done this before and most of them said no”. Despite the apparent simplicity of a short game like this there are many challenges in setting up VR. There are a surprising number of occupational health and safety considerations. During Robotronica the VR headsets had to be wiped down after each use and the cables had to be arranged to make sure they weren’t a trip hazard. Sarah also the needed to get parental permission before younger children could participate as Sony recommends that only children over the age of 12 should use the headsets. For Sarah one of the biggest challenges is finding a platform that offers institutions access to their content, as most platforms are built to cater to individuals. While ProQuest is currently creating both educational VR resources and a platform to make it accessible, Sarah is investigating ways to set up institutional access to platforms such as Steam, which Sarah describes as: “the game platform equivalent of Netflix”.

Sarah says that faculty members have been surprised that the library can help them with VR but this shouldn’t be so, “… we’re a library, we’re a resource, not just ebooks and databases but also images, virtual reality resources”. By having conversations and creating partnerships Sarah hopes to establish a VR community of practice with the library as a central hub, “where people can come together and share what they’ve got and ask what they need”. To cement their position as VR advisors the library itself has also become a content creator, producing a 360 video tour of the Kelvin Grove campus Library which you can view on YouTube. The demand for virtual reality content and equipment is only going to increase, “… the Gartner reports and a lot of other reports are saying yes it is definitely, in say the next five years… going to be more mainstream”. To keep up with this ever-changing environment Sarah encourages young librarians to be agile and future-focused, “see what the need is before it becomes a need, just so you can predict what you need to know”. Set up alerts, use social media and RSS feeds, Google alerts, Podcasts and don’t be afraid to share information with others and be part of the conversation.

You can find Sarah on Twitter: @nairarbiltuq


Humans of NLS8

During the New Librarians Symposium in Canberra, ALIA Students and New Graduates Group were busy meeting all of the Humans of NLS8 and sharing them with everyone via our Instagram account. Check out the Humans of NLS8 that we managed to meet and find out all about them.

MichaelMeet Michael Hawks [@mikeyh177] our first #HONLS8 who we interviewed over breakfast ☕️ Where have you come from? 🎶where did you go? Where did you come from Cotton Eye Joe🎶 But seriously, I’m originally from Perth but have spent the last three & a bit years in #Brisbane. What are looking forward to at #NLS8?@netty_mess 😍 Also seeing other guys too [other LIS students & graduates]. Also what other GLAMRzons have put together. Plus my own workshop #librariansanddragons with @_its_levioosa make sure to check it out on Sunday #plugging What their ideas & thoughts are for the future of the industry. What pop culture character do you think would make a good librarian? Kermit the Frog 🐸 because he has a Doctorate of Amphibious Letters (and if that doesn’t qualify for membership to ALIA, then I don’t know what will…), he is #inquisitive, #innovative, a natural born leader & is great at bringing together a ragtag group of misfits to follow their dreams! #sngg #alia #alia80 #GLAMR#coffeechats

JamesMeet James! He is a regional Coordinator for #ALIASNGG and a #HONLS8. Here is more about James in his own words: I hail from Adelaide and work as a Graduate Library Officer (GLO) at University of South Australia. A DIY career means to me that I have to put in the work to develop ny skills. This also means understanding what my weaknesses are and finding ways to fill those skill gaps. What excites me the most about starting a GLAM career is that I finally feel at home. Libraries are where I want to be and I’m so happy to be part of NLS8! #nls8 #sngg#ALIA #ALIA80

AnnaOur next #HONLS8 is Anna Rubinowski, National Co-convenor of ALIA SNGG.Here is a little more from Anna: Where have you come from? I’m currently living in Melbourne, where I have lived for the last few years after leaving Germany to do my Master of Information Management in Melbourne. Networking tips? I’m an introvert at heart, but there is lots of us introverts at the conference! Just start by asking someone where they are from, what they are currently doing, and it will go from there. If that’s not working for you, look out for someone with an ALIA SNGG badge – they are part of the ALIA Students & New Graduates Group and will happily introduce you to someone. Favourite item from the NLS8 pack? The ALIA SNGG bookmarks of course! If NLS8 was an ice cream flavor what would it be and why? Salted caramel – GLAMR people are all so different and should not get along so well, but NLS8 shows us that together we are great! #ALIA80 #ALIA #sngg #nls8

TraceyOur next #HONLS8 Tracey Allen [@traceymaree83] one of our delegates! Why did you choose to pursue a career in #GLAM? I knew that my position as a nanny wouldn’t last forever and so I looked into future proof careers and as “Information is power” I started my journey to become an Information Professional. What is your favourite #book and why would you recommend it to people? My favourite book is Jane Eyre. Jane went through so much in her life and yet she never gave up. She was also a #Governess (the original #nanny).Do you think #librarians have one common personality trait? Yes, we’re all very encouraging people. What do you like about attending #conferences? Getting to know more library peeps and learning new #skills and #techniques #HONLS8 #NLS8 #sngg #alia80 #nannyturnedlibrarian #meettracey

StephanieOur first #honls8 for the morning is Stephanie Simon. Steph and Wayne are presenting today in the Ferguson room on Transforming the library’s fixed service point to proactive virtual services. Here is what Steph had to say: Where have you come from? Adelaide, University of South Australia. Why did you choose to pursue a career in GLAM? I started working casually in libraries during my undergrad degree, I loved it and decided that was where I wanted to build my career. Which pop-culture character do you think would be a good librarian? Wonder Woman as she wields the Lasso of Truth. That would be handy for a Librarian #nls8 #sngg #alia

EmilyOur next #HONLS8 is Emily Wilson who works at the State Library of South Australia and is the State Manager for ALIA SA (its also her birthday today). Here is what she had to say. Where have you come from? Adelaide. City of Champions. Favourite item in the swag bag? Bookmarks. Love a good bookmark. D.I.Y Tip? Read widely, think critically and challenge yourself. #nls8 #sngg#alia

KimberleyKimberley Dye is our next #HONLS8 Kimberley works at the State Library of South Australia. Favourite book? Killing Joke by Alan Moore. Which pop-culture character would make a good librarian ? Batgirl/oracle as she is already a librarian and would make a great digital curator. Biggest fear about starting a GLAM career ? For me its about there not being enough jobs for new librarians. Kimberley is presenting today on increasing digital preservation skills in libraries. #nls8 #sngg #alia #alia80 #aliasngg

ElizabethMeet Elizabeth one of the committee members our next #HONLS8. Here is what she had to say: I work in a drama school and my fave classic play is The Tempest by Shakespeare. I like it so much I tattooed the DDC number for it on my arm! Yes I’m a nerd. DIY career to me means working together, pulling up other people behind you – like our ILN keynotes said this morning, do it together! My DIY tip for new librarians is – give it a go. You’ll never never know if you never never give it a go… #nls8 #alia #sngg

ClareOur next #HONLS8 is the lovely Clare, a home-town Canberra girl! Here is a bit more about Clare, in her own words: I think librarians are curious. About people and information, we see this as a puzzle to be solved, not a scary challenge. And that’s why I like libraries, I love research, but in libraries I get to combine that with helping people, which is brilliant (especially as it avoids sales targets I had in previous jobs). At #nls8 I’m hoping to meet people, give out my business cards (I forget too!), and find inspiring to find a new (hopefully but not necessarily) library job! #nls8 #ALIA #ALIASNGG #ALIA80

NathanHave you met Nathan? He’s our next #HONLS8. Here is a bit more about Nathan, in his own words: I’m Wiradjuri man, I work at the Australian Museum in First Nations programming, but have a library degree (finished my last assignment a few weeks ago). My goal in GLAM is to provide and promote access to to the First Nations cultural heritage in memory institutions to First Nations communities through outreach and advocacy, as well as help capture and preserve First Nations voices and rectify Western biases in memory institutions. #nls8 #ALIA #ALIASNGG#ALIA80 #HONLS8

NicolletteMeet our next #HONLS8 Nicollette Suttor an #NLS8 delegate😄 What does DIY mean to you? It means working out what you want, who to talk to about it to give you feedback, more ideas and how to pursue it. How did you get here? Applied for the Federal Public Service program and was offered a placement at the Australian National Library, National Museum and other places. And I chose the Australian National Library 😄 #HONLS8 #nls8 #sngg #alia #alia80#librariansrock #anlforthewin

JoHave you met Jo Hare [@maybe__sparrow] yet at #NLS8? Well now you can because she is our next #HONLS8 😄 Where have you come from? I’ve come from City University of Hong Kong in… Hong Kong 🇭🇰! But I was previously on the far north coast of NSW. I’m here at NLS with my colleague Chris to talk about Hong Kong Libraries Connect, an independent library network seeking to connect library professionals in Hong Kong. We are brand new and having fun! Check out our presentation today in the #theatre Why did you choose to pursue a career in #GLAM? My deep dark secret is I initially did the LIS MA so I could work overseas, & I’m just really lucky that I ended up in a really supportive workplace where I learned to love the profession! Any #DIY tips for new #librarians? My DIY tip is just bloody go for it this is a great bunch of people to practice your #networking skills on (Please say hello to me I’m not that good at networking myself! 😁) If #NLS8 was an ice cream flavour what would it be and why? …it would be boysenberry for selfish reasons because I haven’t had boysenberry ice cream in ages and I love it 😊🍦 #aliasngg #sngg #alia #alia80 #nls8icecream #funpose #saycheese 😄

JessMeet Jess [@balcairn], our next #HONLS8: My favourite thing about #nls8 has been meeting like minded people when online studying has been a tiny bit more isolating. I pursued a career in GLAMR because I want to preserve cultural heritage and organise information, and contribute to community and meaning building. My favourite book is The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman because it helps through some tough mental health days and gives good support that pop psychology might leave out or gloss over in the name of positivity. My DIY tip is just to get started, take the first step and try, because that’s the only way to succeed, and failure is only temporary. #nls8 #ALIA #ALIASNGG #sngg #ALIA80

SueMeet Sue, our next #HONLS8. She thinks having R. David Lankes as a keynote speaker via Skype is a bit brilliant (so do we!) and she is a #HONLS8 fan. Here’s more about Sue: I am from RMIT in Melbourne and keen to take in the very cool things #NLS8 has on offer. Great sessions but I specially like the breakout room. Very quirky. I am GLAMRous because my mother said I liked books and I would like being a librarian! What do mothers know? I do like books and being an LIS academic after being a TL but the two aren’t really linked as we all know. I like conferences too because of the people you catch up with and meet. I love seeing my students and ex students and hearing about the fabulous things they are doing. They make me proud. Whatever you see in the mirror is what a librarian is. #ALIA80 #sngg #ALIASNGG #ALIA #nls8

LibbyMeet Libby [@ladyvelmacass] a #nls8 speaker, delegate and our next #HONLS8 😁 What has been the most memorable thing so far at #NLS8? Getting up early catching a bus through a thick fog to get to Albert Hall for the the recreation of the historic photo for ALIA’s 80th birthday #alia80 Relief after the completion of my workshop and panel discussion and the sense of #satisfaction when people told me afterwards that they learnt something and are #inspired to learn more. What is your favourite book and why would you recommend it to people? Possession AS Byatt. A riff on detective novels the book is a clever and funny. Two academics use their skills to unravel a mystery about poetry. (I think I want to read this now!) Name one thing you were surprised to learn this weekend? How many participants self funded What is your best #DIY asset and why? Sense of curiosity and my #ALIA membership. Both provide lots of opportunity to learn new things and get involved. #powerpose #sngg #powerful #yayforlibby

Meet Tess, one of the @utslibrary Engagement Gange members a #HONLS8 😁What has been the most memorable thing so far at #NLS8? All of the sessions have been amazing, but my favourite parts of NLS8 so far have been the bits in between the – I’ve talked to some incredibly #smart and #talented #librarians and it’s been great to hear their ideas (and borrow some for my library!) What is your best #DIY asset and why? I always want to try something new, which is my best DIY asset. I say yes to every opportunity that comes up – that’s how I got here! I’ve gotten so much experience by doing this, which has helped me become a better #librarian #sngg #alia #alia80 #engagmentgang #networking #sayyes #therobot

RebekahMeet Rebekah from Penrith City Library in NSW. For her a DIY career means following your own path wherever it takes you + doing what you enjoy. She also reckons if #nls8 was an ice cream flavour it would be coffee because its stimulating and awesome #honls8 #honls #nls8 #DIY #sngg @alianls

CindyLet me introduce you to Cindy Nguyen. An ACT Region Coordinator for ALIA SNGG. She moved from Melbourne and came to Canberra for study. For networking, she recommends lots of smiling, an approachable nature and the telling of lots of lame puns. She is excited about becoming a GLAMR professional because she wants to help people and do something she loves and she believes Doctor Who would make a great librarian as he is full of knowledge, passion and adventure. The ultimate librarian! #honls #honls8 #nls8 #sngg @alianls

#NLS8 is over and it has been #amazing! Thank you to all of the HONLS8 that attended NLS8. And if you haven’t already, make sure to follow our ALIA Students and New Graduates on Instagram 😁